Propecia (Finasteride) is the only hair loss medication intended for men that has been approved by FDA. It works to restore hair growth on the top of the head (vertex) and on the outer mid-scalp area. 80% of men using this medication have reported improvement.
Also marketed as Anatine, Finasteride, Nasterid, Proscar and Prosmin.
*Propecia® registered trademark is the property of Merck & Co. Inc.
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- How to take
- Side effects
- Drug interactions
- Missed dose
Generic Propecia is a medication used to treat male pattern hair loss (thinning hairline on the top of the head or in the mid-scalp area). It works by preventing testosterone from converting into dihydrotestosterone within the body.
The medication is not intended for use by women and children.
Generic Propecia should be taken according to your doctor’s instructions and directions on the prescription label. Do not change the dosage or period of use without prior medical consult.
The medication should be administered orally with a full glass of water, during meals or otherwise, at a predefined time of the day.
Take the medication regularly. It may take up to three months of daily use until you see the results.
If you experience any symptoms associated with allergies such as difficulty breathing, hives, swollen tongue etc., stop using the medication and seek urgent medical help. Contact your doctor at once if you have any of the following symptoms of male breast cancer: breast lump or pain, nipple discharge, other breast changes.
Common side effects of taking Propecia include:
- impotence and loss of sex drive;
- trouble climaxing;
- ejaculation irregularities;
- swollen hands or feet;
- tender or swollen breasts;
- dizziness and body weakness;
- feeling close to fainting;
- skin rash or runny nose.
Some side effects such as weaker libido, erection or ejaculation problems may persist after you stop taking the medication. Consult your doctor for recommendations.
Generic Propecia tablets are covered with film and thus pose no danger for pregnant women. However, if a tablet has been crushed or broken, it shouldn’t be handled by pregnant women or those planning pregnancy due to its potential harmful effect on a male fetus. Men suffering from live disorders should use caution while taking Generic Propecia, as in rare cases it may lead to hepatitis.
Notify your medical specialist about other medications you are taking, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins and herbal products.
If you have missed your dose of Generic Propecia, make sure to take it as soon as possible. However, two doses should never be taken at the same time, so if the time for the next dose has almost come, DO NOT take the dose you have missed.
Generic Propecia should be stored at room temperature between 59°F and 86°F (15°C and 30°C), away from moisture and light, and out of reach of children and pets.